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Salvation Army and SVP launch Family Appeal

One of Northern Ireland’s largest and longest running Christmas present appeals is underway.

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Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges

Kevin Bridges is coming back to Belfast - here’s how you can get your hands on tickets

Comedy fans in Northern Ireland are in for a treat after Kevin Bridges announced he will be returning to the city next year.

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Macular Group Christmas break

Macular Group Christmas break

The Ballymena Macular Support Group will be taking a break for Christmas and will not hold its monthly meeting in December.

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The Key, a new not for profit social enterprise held its first cheque presentations on November 4 in its Charity Shop at 13 Dunluce Street, Larne, where Diabetes UK  and the Cure Parkinsons Trust  (pictured) were each presented with a cheque for �1125. Thanks have been extended to Naomi from Diabetes UK & Olivia Nash on behalf of The Cure Parkinsons Trust for attending and to donors and customers for their continuous generous support.

Cheque it out!

“The Key”, a new not for profit social enterprise has held its first cheque presentations on November 4 in it’s Charity Shop at 13 Dunluce Street, Larne.

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St. Louis win Soroptimist Competition

St. Louis win Soroptimist Competition

Two Year 13 pupils at St. Louis Grammar School enjoyed great success at the regional heat of the Soroptimist public speaking competition on November 16. Lily Cassidy was placed first and Caitriona Fitzpatrick was placed second.

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St Marys Primary School, Portglenone, P1-P7 were runner-up in the  Primary P1-P4 category for Performance Art category in the Anti-Bullying Week Creative Competition.

St Mary’s PS pupils get anti-bullying message across through performance

St Mary’s Primary School, Portglenone, P1-P7 have been announced runner-up in the Primary P1-P4 category for Performance Art category in the Anti-Bullying Week Creative Competition.

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The Christmas dinner pizza

Asda launch full Christmas dinner pizza with all the trimmings

There's nothing quite like a traditional Christmas dinner but if you're tempted to dodge the responsibility of cooking up a festive feast this year then read on!
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Pupils of Buick Memorial PS sign the visitors book on their visit to Cullybackey High School. (1989)

In Pictures: The Way We Were

Here are a few photos from the Ballymena Times archive to get you all talking.

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Craft Fayre at Victory Praise Church

Craft Fayre at Victory Praise Church

A Christmas Craft Fayre is being held at Victory Praise Community Church on Wednesday, December 6, at 7pm.

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Local people are being invited to volunteer for a new pilot service to go Side by Side with people with dementia in Antrim Area Hospital. (Submitted Picture).

Volunteers needed to go Side by Side hospital patients with dementia

Local people are being invited to volunteer for a new pilot service in Antrim Area hospital to help people with dementia to keep doing the things they love while they are on a ward.

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Volunteers wanted for UKs biggest Christmas food collection.

Help sought for big festive food collection

Kind-hearted volunteers are being sought in Mid & East Antrim to help with a nationwide food collection to help people in need this Christmas.

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Holly Downes (age 14) from Antrim Grammar School - the winner of the post primary Y8-Y10 category of the anti-bullying creative competitionPicture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye

Anti-bullying art achievement

Artistic pupils from Ballymena and Antrim have excelled in this year’s Anti-Bullying Week Creative Arts Competition.

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David Cairns, Agency Development Manager from sponsor NFU Mutual is pictured with the winners of the 12-14 category at the YFCU Public Speaking Finals. (L-R) Rachel McCollum, Coleraine YFC; Allister Crawford, Seskinore YFC and Amy Gregg, Glarryford YFC. Also pictured, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar.

Glarryford members in fine voice at in Young Farmers’ Public Speaking Final

YFCU members recently participated in the final of the Public Speaking Competition 2017 which sought to find the best prepared and impromptu public speakers in Northern Ireland and the judges had a difficult time discerning the winners in each of the classes.

Pictured fifth from left is Amy Gregg of Glarryford YFC who came second in the 12-14 years prepared category with (from left) David Cairns from sponsor NFU Mutual, fellow category winners Rachel McCollum of Coleraine YFC; Allister Crawford of Seskinore YFC, YFCU President James Speers and Guest Speaker Cyril Millar.

Fellow Glarryford member Peter Alexander came third in the 25-30 Prepared category of the competition.

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Canine companions Ozzie and Millie

Twice the love needed for pair of canine gentle giants

Two canine companions at Dogs Trust Ballymena are hoping to find a new owner who believes a dog is for life and can give them both a loving home.

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TV Licence warning to young people

TV Licence warning to young people

More than 50 young people in Ballymena between the ages of 18 and 25 were caught watching live TV

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Mayor of Mid & East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid has congratulated the Mid &  East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP) after they were awarded a Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

MEAAP champs congratulated

The Mayor of Mid & East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid has congratulated the Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP) on being awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

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Ballymena NRC student Amy Chan (18)  who impressed during a summer internship and has landed a  part-time job.  Included is Gemma Goodwich.none

Summer internship lands job for Ballymena NRC student

A Northern Regional student who impressed during a summer internship has landed a part-time job with her employer.

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Pudsey Roadshow rolls into Camphill PS

Pudsey Roadshow rolls into Camphill PS

A Ballymena Primary was one of just 20 schools nationwide to win a Pudsey Schools Roadshow visit, having been one of the first to sign up for a free Big Spotacular charity fundraising kit.

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Appeal for Hearing Loss
volunteers

Appeal for Hearing Loss volunteers

‘Action on Hearing Loss’ is urgently seeking volunteers from Antrim and the surrounding areas to provide two hours of their spare time each month to support people with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus.

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Blackout is visiting  three schools in the borough throughout the month of November,

‘Blackout’ coming to Mid & East Antrim schools

Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), in conjunction with the Department of Justice NI, Lyric Theatre and Hydebank Wood College, are bringing ‘Blackout’ to three schools in the borough.

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